Zest Restaurant
Zest Restaurant

Zest Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.zestjapanese.com/
  • Phone: 6047319378x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Tatsuya Katagiri
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Zest has hosted private parties of many Vancouverites throughout the year. Our experienced catering consultants will assist you with all aspects of your event including wine pairing with award winning Japanese cuisine. Easy access from D/T (10 minutes drive) with plenty of private parking available
  • Private Party Contact: Wine Director 6047319378x
  • Special Events: We offer winemaker's dinner or sake maker's dinner throughout the year. Please see out Facebook page or website for the details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mcdonald St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in front of the building off 16th or at the back of the building accessing from Mcdonald St to the back alley. Or there are plenty of free parking along 16th Ave.
A word from Zest Restaurant
The Best Upscale Japanese Restaurant
- Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Award
Gold Wine List Award
- Vancouver International Wine Festival

Zest is located in upscale neighbourhood of Vancouver
West-side. Atmosphere is elegant and serene such as Japanese simplicity combined with sensuality and elements drawn straight from West Coast landscape. The menu items are mix of traditional Japanese and adventurous with European flare. Presentation is decidedly modern. Chef's Omakase Course (up to the chef menu - requires min 24 hour prior reservation) containing 7 to 8 courses of chef's special creations using seasonal local ingredients is a must have item here. Or you may choose number of small plates accompanying with your wine and sake from the award winning wine/sake list.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Zest Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (67)neighborhood gem (67)special occasion (56)romantic (28)notable wine list (17)good for groups (14)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (9)late-night find (5)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • real japanese food
    taboboy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great place to dine with. very great and fresh food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Japanese classy culinary treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The service is excellent. Well timely beautiful dishes that taste great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    FoodDood
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I had high hopes for Zest. The sashimi was not well-textured (the cuts were blunt, the pieces were too thick and chewy, one of my sashimi cuts still had the skin on it) nor flavorful. The sauces with the "four of a kind" sashimi plate were each one note, with no depth to the flavors. The fish selection was limited. It seemed that the rolls were skimpy on ingredients.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Candycrushang
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Best Sushi on the West side. Beautiful room, tables have nice spacing, white linen, comfy chairs Food to die for! You don't want to stop eating! Fantastic! Perfect for date night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    An outstanding Vancouver Japanese restaurant in a tradional style. Chef and team maintain the essence of what it means to have an authentic Japanese dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional restaurant
    discriminatingdiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This restaurant does not disappoint. The atmosphere and service is understated, and is free of artifice; lovely, calm music is played quietly in the background. Elegantly prepared, your chosen dishes arrive in a well-paced manner. The serving size is appropriate. Standout dishes include the ling cod and the warm mushroom salad. The menu is really interesting, and atypical of most Japanese restaurants. One would want to return to try other dishes. There are very few Japanese restaurants in Vancouver of this kind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular Japanese Gem.
    IntensePenceVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My Wife and I had the pleasure of dining at Zest over the weekend on the last night of our two week trip to Vancouver and Vancouver Island. During the trip we had many terrific meals but Zest was a notch above. We arranged in advance for the Omakase menu which the restaurant carefully coordinated with our taste preferences. What we got was thirteen courses of heaven which would be a slight to the restaurant to call simply sushi. It was meticulously coordinated art on the plate which tasted even better than it looked. Vancouver is lucky to have Zest and i will dine there first on our next trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous restaurant
    jasper
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Enjoyed our second visit to Zest. Look forward to dining there again. Wonderful selection of sake and staff knowledgeable about pairing sake with menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh sushi with great service
    Dineinandout
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This is a fantastic place that combines fresh, creative dishes with a level of service not typically found at "mom and pop" sushi restaurants. All the little things contribute to the experience: water glasses are kept full, dishes are cleared quickly, and servers are courteous. There is plenty on the menu to satisfy someone who is raw-fish-adverse. The dishes, even those found commonly, are delicate and flavourful. I will say that all this goodness is built into the price. Overall...loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    loquat
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I enjoy visiting Zest because the food never disappoints. My customers are always impressed as well. While generally I am not the biggest fan on Japanese fusion cuisine Zest does it with class. The Uni Shooter off of the seasonal menu had great tastes and textures. The sauteed mushroom salad is always delicious. The Zuchinni Blossom Tempura was light and delicious. Consider this restaurant for a special occassion or a business dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service and Food
    foodiegoodie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great service and the Food was good. The only thing is the food portion was super small. We ordered the grill fish for $20 and it was so small I finished it in 2 bites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Japanese in Vancouver area
    Lynnb
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Love this restaurant. Took my son and his wife here as we've been talking about it for awhile. They eat out a lot and I would say they are true foodies. Well, he said it was better than I described it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • RTseVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The menu changes daily and the items are always noticeably fresh. The flavours of the food are subtle yet memorable. This is the best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hostess
    Edgewater
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Zest was recommended to us, so we went as a special occasion. The waiter was knowledgeable and helpful but food service was extremely slow. The fish was very good but the portion size was very small for the cost. Halfway through our meal, the hostess came to the next table and asked the people to leave. They were almost done, having their coffee and getting ready to pay the bill. This was totally unnecessary especially in the attitude that she showed to the people. It certainly put a bad feeling about the experience of our special evening. Needless to say, we won't be back. There are many more restaurants in the city.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Omakase menu
    Jer604Experience
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We actually ordered off the menu and booked an omakase dinner for two the day before. They have cheaper omakase selection, but for $100, they gave us the full meal deal. We've been to other japanese restaurants that offered omakase, but Zest delivered remarkably. We had a 7 course dinner, and they went all out on the ingredients. As an example, on two of the 7, we have uni incorporated into our meal. The service is outstanding and the servers really know their ingredients well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi Delight
    JosephCool777
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Zest was a culinary gem. New style sushi, with fresh ingredients, presented beautifully and with care and thought meant that we had a wonderful time, especially with new friends. Highly recommended.....
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try it once is enough
    Bking
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food is okay, nothing spectacular. Our server has trouble explaining the dishes and today's specials, due to language barrier, so it made things a bit awkward for us. The food we ordered came separately, and took VERY long to arrive. It's nice to have this upscale Japanese restaurant in that neighborhood, but I think I will not go back here for a while as there are far more better Japanese restaurants in Downtown, which isn't that far away.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver
    ZEST
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    You'll be pleased to find some of the best food and wine pairings here at Zest Restaurant where the staff take great pride to present simply outstanding elegant dishes. They use only the freshest fish along with local ingredients and a creative approach to preparing mouthwatering food that will delight your tastebuds. This is my new favourite spot for dinner because it's casual, fun, better priced than most and the staff are lovely. Go there.... you'll be glad you did.... I promise! TIP: Be sure to make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Japanese fusion
    Vife
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    From traditional dishes to modern fusion offerings, Zest provides an ultimate culinary experience for those who like to venture into new things. The wine pairing and sake suggestions is a big attraction for this restaurant. Wine Wednesday and Sake Sunday provide extra discounts to customers on those days.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent
    BeenToALotOfPlaces
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We sat down to one or two flies buzzing around the window. Then saw foreign objects in my water glass. With that aside, the sushi was good and fresh. Tasty dishes. The service for us was quite slow and the young servers confidence was yet to hit speed. Service can be hit and miss but the food was quite good. and please deal with the fly issue.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still good but....
    VancouverfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Zest's excellent food continues but its surge in popularity since it won Best Japanese in the Vancouver Magazine awards has caused the level of service to suffer a bit. The level of individual attention has dropped on weekends due to the increase in diners. The experience is not quite the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious Tasting Menu
    Slade
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My friend and I enjoyed the dinner menu. The portions were reasonable and the courses were interesting - if a bit heavy on sashimi. Would definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • was nice but wasn't exciting
    sandradee
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    After reading the vanmag reviews I was really excited going here. We went as a group of five and ordered a variety of food. The crispy salmon roll on their specials was a stand out the duck cappachio was also lovely. The rest was nice but no more exciting than restaurants around.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Waitress struggled describing our dishes in English, very difficult to understand bc of strong accent. Food was very good, but a lacked that little extra to push it into real foodie territory
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food .. interesting menu
    Nexalist
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The four of us had a fantastic time starting with trying to chose from all the great menu items so we could still sample everything. The Gomae was the best I've ever had, as was the Calamari salad beautifully cooked and presented. The sushi was fresh and perfectly presented. The pork loin roll special was excellent and beautiful, and the beef tenderloin with apple salad was an interesting and very delicious entrée. Ginger creme brûlée was subtle but excellent and the ice cream dessert with sesame/green tea was something new and delicious. Being a birthday dinner two of the waitresses even sang Happy Birthday. All in all, a great find. Very highly recommend and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Japanese restaurant
    jarrah
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    This is an excellent restaurant featuring interesting and flavourful dishes. There is a daily list of specials, accompanied by a substantial list of everyday offerings. All the usual dishes are there, but there is also a range of more interesting variations. There is also a good range of sakis, and the distinctions between the different types are explained well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    DKfromvancouverVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    great food,my girlfriend like it.I think they can improve the ambience of the resturant.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The entire first experience at Zest was wonderful. Everything about the evening was perfect, from the decor, the service and most importantly the food. My friend and I will return many more times!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FlowerVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    As usual, the food and service at Zest were very good. I was, however, somewhat taken aback when we arrived for our reservation at 7.00 p.m,to be told that we must be out by 9.00 p.m. For a restaurant such as this - as expensive as this - this is not what I'd call good customer relations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighbourhood Class
    Skybal
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Small restaurant with a downtown feel. Very good service and food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OVERPRICED FOOD &UNHAPPY EXPERIENCE
    CandiseVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    As the title says: food is too much over priced!!! I can order similar quality dishes at other places. Also I was sooooo angry to find out that because i was a bit late. So they disallowed the 1000 points reward. I wanna say that I went to that restaurant mainly because of the promotion of extra points but it turns out that I didn't get the points nor satisfied with the food.
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  • Absolutely Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We returned to Zest for the first time in a few years after they won the recent Van Mag Award for Best Upscale Japanese in the city. Obviously, we shouldn't have waited so long to return! The menu has a wonderful daily fresh sheet that emphasizes what's available in season. Our fresh sheet was filled with tempting halibut, fiddlehead, white asparagus, and spot prawn dishes. We enjoyed a variety of small plates that redefine whatever thoughts you might have on traditional Japanese flavours. It's a wonderful fusion. We started with a fiddle head and white asparagus gomae, followed by crispy calamari salad, Nagasaki Hamachi Sashimi, Spot Prawn Ngiri Sushi, and a seared halibut filled with local, fresh ingredients. We can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great small place!
    CDslcVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Zest was wonderful. We had the tasting menu, a great way to sample are variety of both raw and cooked dishes. Seafood was awesome, but the best dish might have been the chicken with mushrooms and asparagus. Awesome, attentive service. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 60 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 256 reviews are from the Zest Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Fresh, Exceptional Food
    GreenTable
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    From the 5 star service to the fresh, delicious food, Zest restaurant excels on every count.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Japanese Food in Vancouver
    NobodyVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food at Zest is excellent. Everything is fresh and comes in a decent presentation. Wine list is comprehensive and is very good for a Japanese restaurant. Overall service is very good. The only thing I don't understand is that the sever was a bit strange. I talked to her and asked her questions about the menu. She replied to my friend instead. It looks like she does not want to talk to a guy. Perhaps I am not that good looking!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Pleasant Surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    It was so nice to dine at Zest the other night. The service, décor and food were beyond what I thought could be found in my neighbourhood. I will definitely be returning for another evening soon.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Japanese restaurant
    VancouverGranny
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Zest is surely the best Japanese restaurant on the west side. It is in an improbable location on a small plaza near the corner of 16th/Macdonald. The decor is simple, the ambience pleasant and quiet. The menu is interesting and changes with the seasons. This is not just a sushi restaurant-- it has a full array of options, using fresh local ingredients where possible. The waiters explain everything patiently. All the food is beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. Zest is a real treat for all the senses!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service!
    Zestamazing
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My wife and I had been to Zest before however the others in our party had not. All 3 other guests (2 local and 1 out of towner) all raved about the food (quality, taste, presentation). We had great service as well. Sat at the bar right in front of the chefs (Awesome)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zest Restaurant Opinion
    richmondpizzalover
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This is our second time. First time was maybe 2 years ago. A friend recommended it again. Clean, quiet, white table cloth. Service was very good; not rushed. Dishes came one at a time. Not pricey but not great value for money. Tasty, fusion Japanese. Small selection of sakes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    mvwino
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The view of the gas station is deceiving - this is one of the best restaurants that Vancouver has ever seen. Top-notch Japanese!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.